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No Republican should stall tax cuts to save the individual mandate

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No Republican should stall tax cuts to save the individual mandate

Today, Mick Mul­vaney said some­thing shock­ing. He declared if the Sen­ate tax cut bill was get­ting stalled over repeal­ing the indi­vid­ual man­date, then the White House would be okay with killing off that portion.

Huh?

What Repub­li­can would oppose the tax cuts specif­i­cally because they had the indi­vid­ual man­date repeal attached to them? Can any­one who feels this way really be called a Repub­li­can? No. As I noted on Red­State:

If there are Repub­li­cans in the Sen­ate and/​or the House who are object­ing to the tax cuts because of killing the indi­vid­ual man­date, it’s time for them to declare they’re Democ­rats. No Repub­li­can, not even the swamp­i­est of the RINOs, could look any­one in the eye and claim they’re part of the GOP if they hold up cut­ting taxes for the sake of pro­tect­ing the worst com­po­nent of Oba­macare. Not John McCain. Not Lisa Murkowski. Not even Susan Collins.

Let’s be per­fectly clear. True Repub­li­cans should favor tax cuts. True Repub­li­cans should favor repeal­ing the indi­vid­ual man­date. Nei­ther is debat­able nor are they mutu­ally exclu­sive. If there are fis­cal rea­sons for want­ing to keep the man­date, then cut expenses else­where. Oth­er­wise, don’t even pre­tend you’re a Repub­li­can if you oppose tax cuts or want to keep the indi­vid­ual mandate.

I’m no fan of the GOP, but I want two things they want: lower taxes and less gov­ern­ment in my health­care. This shouldn’t be an issue and the fact that the White House is already sig­nalling retreat on this aspect of the cuts should be a wake up call for any­one who believes in lim­ited gov­ern­ment and fis­cal responsibility.

Today, Mick Mulvaney said something shocking. He declared if the Senate tax cut bill was getting stalled over repealing the individual mandate, then the White House would be okay with killing off that portion.

Huh?

What Republican would oppose the tax cuts specifically because they had the individual mandate repeal attached to them? Can anyone who feels this way really be called a Republican? No. As I noted on RedState:

If there are Republicans in the Senate and/or the House who are objecting to the tax cuts because of killing the individual mandate, it’s time for them to declare they’re Democrats. No Republican, not even the swampiest of the RINOs, could look anyone in the eye and claim they’re part of the GOP if they hold up cutting taxes for the sake of protecting the worst component of Obamacare. Not John McCain. Not Lisa Murkowski. Not even Susan Collins.

Let’s be perfectly clear. True Republicans should favor tax cuts. True Republicans should favor repealing the individual mandate. Neither is debatable nor are they mutually exclusive. If there are fiscal reasons for wanting to keep the mandate, then cut expenses elsewhere. Otherwise, don’t even pretend you’re a Republican if you oppose tax cuts or want to keep the individual mandate.

I’m no fan of the GOP, but I want two things they want: lower taxes and less government in my healthcare. This shouldn’t be an issue and the fact that the White House is already signalling retreat on this aspect of the cuts should be a wake up call for anyone who believes in limited government and fiscal responsibility.